LGBTQ-Friendly Bible Story Retreat (Pendle Hill)


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An immersive, interactive, informative experience

For over a decade Peterson Toscano has engaged in a creative and very public dialogue with the Bible. His Bible scholarship is sound, but perhaps more importantly, it is filled with humor and warmth.

Peterson will facilitate a weekend retreat to explore a variety of Bible stories with retreat participants. Using multiple methods including interactive protocols and bibliodrama, Peterson will structure will give participants a chance to experience the texts in fresh new ways.

Participants will walk away with new understanding of the Bible and with positive stories about sexual and gender minorities. They will better understand multitudes of identities in Bible characters–race, class, ethnicity, gender, and more. Those who know the Bible well or not at all will see, hear, and learn new insights from these ancient texts.

IMG_0332In his work Peterson reveals bizarre, hilarious, disturbing, and revelatory characters and moments from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.  This workshop is not “What does the Bible say about homosexuality?” No, it goes way beyond to include gender and sexual minorities positively portrayed in the Bible.

Peterson will help you delve into the text to find gender outlaws in it, to bust open traditional readings, and discover whole new perspectives.

Peterson is the creator of Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible.

Official Trailer Transfigurations-Transgressing Gender in the Bible from Peterson Thomas Toscano on Vimeo.

Peterson’s writing & speaking on LGBTQ issues and Bible.

Praise for Peterson’s Bible performance lectures and his groundbreaking performance, Transfigurations–Transgressing Gender in the Bible

Bible-lovers, gender-transgressors of all sorts, people who love justice! Make haste to see Peterson Toscano's play Transfigurations as soon as possible! His biblical exegesis is insightful and accurate, and you will glean a whole new perspective painlessly because of his charming performance.

Dr. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
, Author of Omnigender

 

As a Jewish Studies scholar, educator, and activist for TBLG inclusion in Jewish communities, it was a thrill to see confident transgender characters from the Hebrew scriptures given flesh via the performance activism of Peterson Toscano –and, more importantly, to recognize through his performance that those characters fulfilled social roles in Jewish communities as gender variant folk. Bring Transfigurations to your shul and create an opportunity to dialogue about present-day transgender people in Jewish communities.

Noach Dzmura
, Editor, Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, and Director, Jewish Transitions

 

As a biblical scholar I'm always a bit skeptical about dramatic interpretations of biblical texts, whether they will truly capture the complexity of the originals; however, Peterson's performances bring to light dimensions of the texts that many, even those of us who spend hours with the text on the page, fail to see. By bringing the stories and characters to life we're able to see the human-ness of the biblical narratives in all its gore and glory.

Lynn Huber
, Associate Professor of Religious Studies--New Testament and Early Christian History, Elon College.

 

Peterson Toscano's work combines astute readings of the Bible with great story-telling and comedy. He offers interpretations of the texts and insights that even experienced biblical scholars haven't seen before. When portrayed by Toscano, Bible stories and characters come to life with wit, sympathy, and humor.

Dale Martin
, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University. Author of Sex and the Single Savior

 

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